McCain Takes Slim Florida Lead

Governor's endorsement counts big with conservatives
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 28, 2008 7:13 AM CST
Republican presidential hopeful Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., right, and Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, who endorsed McCain for president, speak to reporters during a campaign stop at the First Watch Cafe ahead...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Apparently, Florida Governor Charlie Crist has the golden touch. John McCain rose 3 points overnight in Florida after Crist endorsed him Saturday, pulling ahead of Mitt Romney in the latest Reuters/Zogby poll. Most significantly, McCain wiped out Romney’s 6-point edge amongst conservatives. “One day doesn’t make a trend, but to gain three points in a day could be significant,” said pollster John Zogby. "McCain went from losing big among conservatives to a tie."

The race looks like another two-way contest between McCain (33%) and Romney (30%). Rudy Giuliani, who bet heavily on winning here, polls at just 14%. Mike Huckabee fell three points overnight, to 11%. Romney has lately tried to attack McCain’s economic credentials, a potentially savvy move, since 40% of Floridians identified the economy as the top issue.